“DIARY OF A WINNER”

BOB SAVAGE

THE CURSE OF THE BAMBINO, PART 2 ...
A POWERFUL RED SOX TEAM FAILS
IN THE WORLD SERIES ...
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Ninth and tenth inning rallies win for the Sox

September 1, 1946 ... Spearheading the tying rally in the ninth-inning, Leon Culberson wrecked the hopes of Bob Savage, when he singled home the winning run in the 10th inning, as the Red Sox concluded a lengthy homestand with a 4 to 3 win over the Philadelphia athletics at Fenway Park.

Honored by his hometown before the game, Savage of Manchester, NH, pitched one of the finest games tossed against the Red Sox at Fenway Park this season. He had a 2 to 1 lead entering the ninth inning, with Culberson's double and Dom DiMaggio's two-out single forcing the game into extra innings. After the Sox tied the score in the ninth, Ted Williams laced into a Savage offering and backed Valo up against the right-field stands to haul down his terrifically stroked drive for the third out.

In the 10th, Tex Hughson, who hardly warmed up, walked Oscar Grimes and when Mike Higgins threw wildly on Barney McCloskey's bunt, Grimes went all the way to third. After Buddy Rosar popped out, Pete Suder lay down a perfect squeeze bunt against the deep playing Boston infield, to score Grimes and gave the A's a 3 to 2 lead. But fate worked against Savage in the 10th, just as it so often does to ballplayers who are honored before a game.

Bobby Doerr started the terrific bottom of the10th inning. He stroked a line drive straight into the hands of Sam Chapman in left field, but the ball popped out of his glove for an error. Crossing up the opposition, Rudy York laid down a perfect bunt and rolled past Savage for a hit.

The 28,000 patrons were up on their chairs cheering, as the Sox put on their second comeback drive. Don Gutteridge was inserted to run for York. The speedy replacement got down to second and Doerr took third on Mike Higgins sacrifice. Connie Mack then ordered an intentional pass to Hal Wagner, loading the bases. Wally Moses hit a long drive which Elmer Valo caught in a distant right-field, allowing Doerr to easily score and Gutteridge taking third. Culberson whacked the first Savage serve. It was a sharp single into left, and all except the 1800 "Savage Day" fans from Manchester, roared their approval as Gutteridge sprinted home with the winning run.

The Sox scored the first run in the third inning on a DiMaggio single, a Ted Williams walk and and off-the-fence double by Bobby Doerr. For six innings Joe Dobson pitched shutout ball. He weakened in the seventh inning giving up two runs and retired in favor of Mace Brown.

An hour after the game the Red Sox flew off to New York.

 

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PHILADELPHIA ATHLETICS

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0

0

0

0

0

2

0

0

1

 

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10

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BOSTON RED SOX

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0

1

0

0

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W-Tex Hughson (16-10)
L-Bob Savage (2-13)
Attendance - 28,372

 2B-Majeski (Phil), Chapman (Phil), Doerr (Bost),
 Culberson (Bost), Williams (Bost)

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

 

AB

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AVG

 

 

Leon Culberson rf 5 1 2 .325  

 

Johnny Pesky ss 2 0 0 .338  

 

Dom DiMaggio cf 5 1 2 .327  

 

Ted Williams lf 3 0 1 .335  

 

Bobby Doerr 2b 4 1 1 .284  

 

Rudy York 1b 4 0 1 .289  

 

Don Gutteridge 1b 0 1 0 .133  

 

Mike Higgins 3b 4 0 0 .265  

 

Roy Partee c 4 0 1 .307  

 

Hal Wagner c 0 0 0 .237  

 

Joe Dobson p 2 0 0 .091  

 

Mace Brown p 0 0 0 .000  

 

Tom McBride ph 1 0 0 .312  

 

Tex Hughson p 0 0 0 .130  

 

Wally Moses ph 1 0 0 .252  
    IP H ER BB SO  
  Joe Dobson 6.1 9 2 1 2  
  Mace Brown 2.2 1 0 2 1  
  Tex Hughson 1 0 0 1 0  

 

 

 

 

 

 

1946 AMERICAN LEAGUE STANDINGS

 

 

BOSTON RED SOX

92 40 -

 

 

New York Yankees 77 52 13 1/2

 

 

Detroit Tigers 71 53 17

 

 

Washington Senators 62 66 28

 

 

Chicago White Sox 58 71 32 1/2

 

 

Cleveland Indians 58 71 32 1/2

 

 

St. Louis Browns 53 73 35 1/2

 

 

Philadelphia Athletics 42 88 49

 

     
 

Number to clinch - 11